Wis­bech ace Brad gets the World Cup call

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT - By BOB FRANK bob.frank@jpress.co.uk @Et­bobfrank

WIS­BECH ace Brad Apted has been called up to the Eng­land Mas­ters pro­vi­sional squad for the World Cup and Home Na­tions Tour­na­ment, some 13 years af­ter mak­ing his last in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ance.

Apted, who turns 40 next month, has more than half-a-cen­tury of in­ter­na­tional se­nior ap­pear­ances un­der his belt for New Zealand but has lived in this coun­try for 15 years.

He is de­ter­mined to help Eng­land re­tain the World Cup and if the final is a re­peat of the last one then even bet­ter as they de­feated New Zealand last time in Sin­ga­pore.

Apted, mar­ried to fel­low Wis­bech player Claire, has en­joyed a fine sea­son but be­ing called to the Eng­land squad for the first time is the ic­ing on the cake.

He said: “It will be an hon­our to play for the Three Lions as I’ve lived here al­most as long as I lived in New Zealand.

“Hav­ing played for New Zealand as a se­nior it will bring back mem­o­ries of rep­re­sent­ing my coun­try and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.

“My two ca­reer high­lights were my de­but for New Zealand against Ar­gentina in 1995 and my last in­ter­na­tional in 1999 when we beat Australia for the first time in 25 years and it’s great that I’m go­ing to be play­ing in­ter­na­tional hockey again.

“It’s been a good year with Wis­bech as we fin­ished fourth in the East Men’s League Premier B and reached the semi-fi­nals of the HA Tro­phy and hope­fully we can push for pro­mo­tion next year.”

City of Peter­bor­ough’s Adam Drake is also in the pro­vi­sional squad for the World Cup but has had to turn down se­lec­tion for the Home Na­tions Tour­na­ment due to a long­stand­ing fam­ily hol­i­day com­mit­ment in Ma­jorca, iron­i­cally to cel­e­brate his 40th birth­day last month.

Drake was named in Eng­land’s pro­vi­sional squad for the Ju­nior World Cup 22 years ago but didn’t make the final cut, but hav­ing been named in the 16 got the Home Na­tions he is hopeful of be­ing in the squad for Can­ter­bury when the 22man pro­vi­sional squad is cut to 18.

He said: “It would be an hon­our to play for Eng­land and af­ter go­ing close 22 years ago I hope to make it this time.”

Drake was player-man­ager of the City of Peter­bor­ough squad from 2004-09, hav­ing made his Na­tional League de­but for the club as a 15 year-old in 1987.

He went on to spend five years at South­gate when they were in the top-flight and Euro­pean cham­pi­ons.

Pic­tured above is the suc­cess­ful City of Peter­bor­ough Un­der 14 team at the Bee­ston Seven-a-side Tour­na­ment.

Pic­tured left is the City of Peter­bor­ough Un­der 12 team that fin­ished fourth at Bee­ston.

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